RYAN MA­SON

With Harry hog­ging the head­lines, an­other hot Spur-turned-Eng­land newbie has flown in un­der the radar

Australian Four Four Two - - HARRY KANE -

You played with Harry Kane from a young age. Did you know he’d be this good? Harry al­ways had that knack for scor­ing goals. This is a club with a long his­tory of great goalscor­ers, and I think Harry has all the qual­i­ties to be up there with the best of them.

Has the scru­tiny on Harry this sea­son helped you to get on with things qui­etly?

Harry de­serves all the credit com­ing his way be­cause he works so hard. He’s been given the op­por­tu­nity and he’s taken it. But you might be right: maybe I do en­joy all the fuss be­ing about him. I can go about my busi­ness; get on with things.

We hear that Harry is “one of our own” ev­ery week but the same can be said of you…

Yeah, I’ve been at the club since I was seven. I’m from North Lon­don, so the club is a part of my child­hood. At first the foot­ball is just fun but as you progress, the dream be­comes to reach the first team. From about 14, all you want is to one day walk out at White Hart Lane on a Pre­mier League match­day. I had to wait a very long time for my chance [Ma­son turns 24 in June] but it was worth it. Maybe the wait made it sweeter.

Is there some­thing ex­tra spe­cial about play­ing with guys you grew up with through the ranks at Spurs?

It’s a lot of fun, def­i­nitely. The play­ers who are cur­rently play­ing at youth level can see so many of us mak­ing progress, and it gives the whole club a lift. We’ve all played in front of 100 peo­ple to­gether, so to all play in the Pre­mier League week in, week out, and Wem­b­ley too, has just been a dream. Your Pre­mier League de­but was the North Lon­don derby... Yeah, just a small one! The manager had a lot of faith in me to give me my first start at the Emi­rates. I was ex­cited, but I slept well the night be­fore. It was quite dif­fer­ent the night af­ter, with all the adren­a­line.

What are you work­ing on to im­prove your game?

I’ve al­ways seen my­self as a goalscor­ing mid­fielder, so I want to add more goals to my game in the first team. At the mo­ment I’m part of a deep-ly­ing two and that means sit­ting a bit more. At the start of the sea­son I was des­per­ate to score goals and maybe I rushed things, but I’ve got a cou­ple since and hope­fully more will fol­low.

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